May has been all about sharing insights and innovations as part of our special Queensland Small Business Month events – with thanks to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training for their support.
We look forward to connecting with our members at the upcoming monthly member meet ups and as we continue to shape and plan events, workshops and programs for the remainder of the year – we welcome your input. Suggest a topic or provide input HERE.
I would also encourage you to check out the opportunities, resources and tips available to FAN Members as detailed below.
Yours in collaboration,
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Business Basics (up to $5,000) – opens 31 May
Business Boost (up to $15,000) – opens mid July
Closing dates for these grants vary or are until funds are exhausted – so get in quick!
Contact FAN’s Grants partner Jenny Lawson from Successful Grants for more information.
The Gluten-Free Expo invites FAN members to participate in the Brisbane Gluten Free Expo in a dedicated space for $600. Limited spots remain. To register email [email protected] or FIND OUT MORE HERE.
IAgeWell Lifestyle 55+ Expo offer for FAN members
The IAgeWell Expo invites FAN members to exhibit at the upcoming expo on Thursday 5 August – with a special price of $250 per stand. The expo will cover a wide range of exhibits, workshops, entertainment along with great food. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
ASPIRE is an active online matchmaking tool that makes it easier for businesses to connect and exchange waste as a resource. Your business can list unwanted or surplus materials or products that get matched with businesses seeking them. Sunshine Coast Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council have partnered with ASPIRE, making the program free for businesses with less than 100 employees. Register for ASPIRE here. Businesses on the Sunshine Coast can contact local project support, Chad Buxton and in Moreton Bay contact Sorita McGrane at Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland
This service offers a free, impartial, confidential program for primary producers and small business owners who have identified a financial challenge and are willing to consider options and put plans in place to deal with the issue. Contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 07 46 22 5500 or FIND OUT MORE HERE.
USC launches short business courses
USC has launched a series of Business Courses. The TE-Courses combine theory and experience to deliver highly practical content over a series of three bite-sized modules. Participants will be coached through a range of strategies to help you successfully reach your workplace goals. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
TIQ is delivering a series of e-commerce capability workshops to assist SME exporters with e-commerce uptake with a global focus. The workshop topics are: E-commerce business model canvas – your strategic blueprint 2-Jun-21 (online). Choosing the right e-commerce platforms for your business – a deep dive 15-Jun-21 (online). Support and resources available 22-Jun-21 (online). Scaling your e-commerce business 5-Jul-21 (workshop – Twin Waters). FIND OUT MORE HERE.
The Queensland Government’s BrewLab is holding open days for South East Queensland brewers on Thursday, 10th June and Thursday, 22nd July. The first open day will focus on Beer Chemistry and Microbiology while the second open day will centre on Sensory Skills and Flavour Taint Identification. Both sessions are free and are limited to 12 attendees each. CONTACT DETAILS HERE.
We’re teaming up with Chambers from across the Sunshine Coast to support another HUGE Combined Chamber Networking Night! Caloundra City Private School – Thursday, June 10 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. BOOK HERE.
Beverage packaging course
Join the AIP ‘Packaging in the Beverage Industry’ training course (30 June) and learn the winning recipe in developing packaging to lead in the marketplace. FAN members receive a $50 discount to this upcoming event. Full details and register HERE.
Introduction to biodynamics course
Charlie Arnott and Hamish Mackay are heading back to the Sunshine Coast in July and will be running another 2-day Introduction to Biodynamics workshop on 22nd and 23rd July at Bray Farms Noosa. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of biodynamics and adding biodynamic methods to your regenerative tool kit READ MORE HERE.
Congratulations to the team at Sunshine Coast Cold Stores on the opening of their new state of the art facility. The new facility located in Chevallum can house more than 2000 racked frozen pallets and offers refrigerated pick-up and delivery services around the Sunshine Coast. READ MORE HERE.
Brouhaha new brewery
Exciting news from Brouhaha Brewery on the announcement of plans for a new brewery. Their new brewery, to be located in Aura Business Park at Bells Creek, will be in a custom-designed building with a state-of-the-art brew kit that will cater for the growing demand for Brouhaha’s premium beverages. READ MORE HERE.
CoCouture at international cake show
Congratulations to Monica from CoCouture for placing second at the highly prestigious 2nd place at International Cake Show Australia. Check out her truly delectable art pieces HERE.
There was a great showing for a number of our producers at the recent Royal Queensland Dairy Awards. Congratulations to Woombye Cheese – Champion Queensland Cheese. Little White Goat Cheese – multiple gold and silver. Maleny Food Co – multiple silver and bronze. Kenilworth Dairies – multiple gold, silver and bronze. See the full results HERE.
Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours turns 5
Congratulations to Josh and the team at Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours – on their 5th Birthday. Their celebrations were truly unique – find out how the team celebrated – READ MORE HERE.
Scone Time movement growing!
Sunshine Coast Foodie a.k.a Martin Duncan continues to expand his highly successful Scone Time. These great connection events bring together seniors and the local community over freshly served hot scones. Check out the latest events HERE.
Special thanks to FAN’s Partners and Sponsors who provide significant resources towards the ongoing sustainability of FAN and the growth and resilience of our regions’ food and agribusiness industry.